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Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)
Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)

Kia has done it again: for a second year in a row, the South Korean brand has come out on top of J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study. The Initial Quality Study is a great one for new-car buyers to watch. Unlike Power's equally well-known Dependability Study, which evaluates new cars based on the...Read More»

2014 Fiat 500L
2014 Fiat 500L recalled over powertrain glitch

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 30,000 Fiat 500L vehicles from the 2014 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that some of those cars may suffer from a problem that could prevent them from accelerating in certain situations. The problem is rooted in...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
Volkswagen, Ram could get hit hard by Trump's border tax

With all the recent headlines about healthcare, Russian hackers, and missing handshakes, the Trump administration has been a bit quieter about its proposed border tax (or possibly, border tariff) than it was a few weeks ago. That's cause for relief among many automakers, especially those who import...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index Study
Buick, Lexus top service satisfaction study, while Fiat, Land Rover bring up the rear

Another month, another survey from J.D. Power. The firm's 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index examined how satisfied (or unsatisfied) vehicle owners and lessees were after taking their cars in for service. The brand-by-brand rankings probably won't surprise you, but let's take a look anyway. To gather...Read More»

2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback
Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much

Consumer Reports has issued its annual Brand Report Card, and as interesting as it is, there aren't many surprises to be found. To issue its 2017 rankings, the magazine compiled data on 31 brands. That data came from a variety of sources, including Consumer Reports' own road test scores, predicted...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study
Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands

In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. The Dependability Study is a bit like Power's equally popular Initial...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Tesla tops owner satisfaction survey; Fiat, not so much

If you could do it all over again, would you buy the car you're driving now? That's the question Consumer Reports asked 300,000 owners of vehicles from the 2014-2017 model-years. Their responses form the basis of the company's 2016 Owner Satisfaction Survey. What's interesting about this particular...Read More»

Lapo Elkann at Garage Italia Customs
Fiat heir Lapo Elkann probably faked his own kidnapping, definitely got arrested

We interrupt your regularly scheduled write-ups of recalls, reader surveys, and Dieselgate news for a story about a poor little rich kid who's in trouble with the law...again. The kid in question is the nattily dressed gent you see above: Lapo Elkann, an heir to the Fiat fortune and brother of Fiat...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X
What's New for 2017: Fiat

Reintroduced to the American market a few years ago thanks to its parent company's acquisition of Chrysler, Italian brand Fiat bursts with style and personality—if not necessarily buyers. A new addition to Fiat's lineup for 2017 revives an historic nameplate, and even if it isn't likely to...Read More»

Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]
Latest worry for Volkswagen owners: Wireless hack can unlock millions of Audis, Porsches, VWs

If you're a Volkswagen owner, you've probably spent the last 11 months worrying about Dieselgate. Even folks who don't own diesels have been deeply concerned about the resale value of their VWs because of the black eye the brand has received in the press. Owners of Audi, Porsche, and other marques...Read More»

Dealer
Fiat Chrysler audit suggests sales stats have been inflated: SEC, Justice Dept. investigate

Back in January, two dealers filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, alleging that FCA had asked them to inflate their monthly sales stats. Though FCA was quick to dismiss the dealers' claims, an internal audit may prove the old maxim that where there's smoke, there's fire. The audit was...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500 'Seduction' commercial
Why Fiat owner's manuals shouldn't comment on women's legs

Despite the tone of America's current presidential campaigns, it is, in fact, 2016. In theory, companies should understand the kinds of actions that might be interpreted as racist or sexist. Unless, of course, those companies make laundry detergent in Italy or China. Or unless they're Fiat. Alas...Read More»

2016 Fiat 500e
2013-2016 Fiat 500e recalled for software glitch

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 2013-2016 models of the Fiat 500e electric car to fix a software glitch. According to the automaker, more than 16,000 vehicles in the U.S. are affected. In a brief press release, FCA says that "A routine component check by FCA US discovered certain vehicles...Read More»

2016 Fiat 500
2012-2016 Fiat 500 recalled for transmission problems: 80,000 cars affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 80,000 Fiat 500 vehicles from the 2012 to 2016 model years. According to a statement from the automaker, some of those cars may experience serious transmission problems. The recall is limited to models equipped with manual transmissions. FCA reports...Read More»

2017 Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat 124 Spider keeps the Viagra jokes coming because Italians

To the people who create car commercials, horsepower and technology aren't always strong selling points. They're wonky, factual, bullet-pointy things that might persuade someone who's paused to pore over a newspaper ad, but in a 30-second TV spot? Boring. That's why commercials--the best ones...Read More»

2016 Fiat 500
FCA has a new plan to save Fiat. Can it work?

It seems like just yesterday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles--then known as Chrysler--was preparing for the return of Fiat and its pint-sized 500 model to the U.S. The company had big, big hopes for its well-known European brand, but things haven't played out exactly as FCA expected. In fact, Fiat...Read More»

2017 Fiat 124 Spider, 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Video Preview

It's been five years since Fiat returned to the U.S., here, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it feels like forever since they've sold a classic Italian convertible here. Now, after 50 years, it's time. Recognize this? Don't call it a Miata. While it's based on the new MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider's...Read More»

ACSI Automobiles Report 2015
Survey: Lexus Is Tops In Customer Satisfaction, Fiat Brings Up The Rear

Every few days, it seems like there's another survey about automobiles and how satisfied (or dissatisfied) we are with them. This week's study was carried out by American Customer Satisfaction Index, and it's called the ACSI Automobile Report 2015. ALSO SEE: GM's Ignition Switch Findings: 124...Read More»

2016 Fiat 500X
2016 Fiat 500X First Drive Video

Fiat kick-started itself here in the U.S. with a pair of European twins--the tiny 500 hatchback and the bigger 500L. Now it has a real chance to win over American car buyers with its first small crossover SUV. Will the new 500X be big and bold enough to tackle the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V? We...Read More»

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